After Seeing Hamilton

That's right, I saw it.
I was (as everybody likes to say when they go to see the show) "abiding in the area in which the event took place."
...Or was it something else they say...
Hamilton was the first Broadway show I've been to that I was actually hyped for. I've also been to Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin, but I didn't have any expectations for those. I just figured that since I had the opportunity to see them that I may as well because touring Broadway shows are always good.
As I reflect on that fateful night, I now see that Hamilton never stood a chance of meeting my sky-high expectations. It was a good show, but my belief is that once you've experienced the soundtrack you've experienced the best of it. When I first listened to the soundtrack while laying on the floor of my room at 12 in the morning, the first 3 seconds of the first song literally blew my mind, and I couldn't believe how quickly I realized that I was …

...Fine, I'll call them Resolutions [2018]

Happy new year, ya'll! I love saying ya'll. I have no right to be saying it because I'm not southern, my family's not southern, my ancestors weren't southern, but I grew up on Hannah Montana so I consider myself to be southern by association.
It's like when people use that one excuse in sit-coms...
"Why do you have an English accent? Your parents aren't English!"
"Oh, umm, uhhh, I had an English Nanny."
*cue slapstick laughter*

I'm so excited to make this list! I've got lots of ideas and life is awesome. I'm more excited about reading than I've ever been due to a shift in perspective that has freed me up and sent me soaring, so yes, many of these resolutions will be reading-related. Many will also be just life related. It's pretty much just your average list. Do enjoy.

In 2018 I want to...

1. Buy Books. 
But like, the ones that I've already read and loved. I'd love to add to my collection and support the authors…

I'm Actually Following Through with my Resolutions!!

At the beginning of this year I made 9 new years resolutions, I mean, "goals." Pft. I called them goals, so as not to be too predictable. Typical me. I should really talk with myself about that. Just wanted to give some progress reports for my own personal records. It was a good year, I accomplished almost every goal!! I made sure that my goals were attainable and relevant, I didn't just pick things like "Party in 20 different countries" because that doesn't matter to me first of all, but also it isn't something that I can realistically work into my life.

1. Read the Bible every day. 
Did I say that I met all my goals? This is an awkward one to start with because I did not do this. However, I'm completely okay with that. This goal was going well for like a month, and as planned for a good 5 months I think, but it got to the point where I was doing it as quickly as possible so I could check it off of my to-do list. It made me not want to read my bible …

Mable Pines Costume [Halloween 2017]

I'm gonna get straight to the point. This was my Halloween costume. I came up with it myself. Yes, I owned each of these items before I even considered dressing up as Mable.
Don't say this wasn't destiny.

I took some liberties concerning the specific pieces of the costume because that's just what I had to do. I think there's got to be a lot of ways to throw together a recognizable Mable costume.
This is what I used for mine...
1. Hot Pink Fuzzy Sweater (Goodwill)
All the rage these days, and probably the most 'Lilly' piece of clothing I've ever owned. I've actually been looking for this kind of sweater for years.
2. Purple Pleated Mini-skirt (Goodwill)
This probably wouldn't be mini on someone of average height, but it's mini on me. I don't know how Mable manages to wear a skirt all the time. Skirts are not my friend.
3. Pink Felt Headband(I made it)
More specifically, out of felt and hot glue. If you look closely, it's clearly just some…

Royal Blue Shoulder-Pad Extravaganza Refashion [thank goodness]

I've started making more frequent trips to goodwill. Is it because it's a magical place filled with ideas, opportunities, and sales? Yes! How'd you know?
I've been getting some fun clothes, including clothes with the potential to be refashioned.
Let's have this dress share it's story...

"Hi, I'm a wool sweater dress from the 80's! I was all the rage in my time, but these days I'm only appreciated for my pockets. I have built-in shoulder-pads which are capable of obscuring your entire face when viewed from an angle. Please don't chop me in half!"
Well dress, as much as I would love to not chop you in half and maybe place you in a museum instead, I'm still gonna do it. It's for the good of fashion, and humanity on a smaller scale.
This was a very simple refashion. I bought this with the intention of turning int a skirt, so a skirt I shall turn it into!

Step 1. Separate by any means necessary. I used a seam-ripper. You may chop if …

The Mayor ABC 1x01 Review [No Spoilers]

If Yvette Nicole Brown has anything to do with it, I'm there. That's how I learned about this new show on ABC....

The Pilot episode for The Mayor just premiered this week, and I tried it out today, as I had some free time after catching up on The Good Place. Remind me to do a review on The Good Place. SO COOL.
22 minute episodes are so great, why did we ever switch to 43?! Anyway, about The Mayor.
What a great looking show!!
This is about a guy (see dude in denim jacket) who runs for Mayor as a publicity stunt to propel his rapping career. He doesn't care about actually getting elected, but he ends up being a compelling candidate and accidentally wins a four year term. That's one way to discover a talent!
He now finds himself in a position of great responsibility, but he doesn't let the job intimidate him. He works straight from the heart, tackling problems that he knows people actually care about, in a way that allows the community to be involved. It's really,…

September 2017 Reading Recap [Spoiler-Free!]

Friends; family; lovers of pie; feast your eyes upon the...  REVIEW GALLERY REVIEW GALLERY REVIEW GALLERY. So I've been having way too much fun writing Goodreads reviews lately. 🤓 I like to think that I'm becoming a true connoisseur of the fine arts, and that my well contemplated afterthoughts regarding the written word are world-renowned. That's what I like to think. In actuality I'm reviewing Twilight in the voices of the characters. I do know this. 
Some of these books were reviewed in September simply because that's when I finished them, and others are here because I finally wrote reviews for them this month. The dates are all listed in case you're wondering where they fit in on the timeline, and every review is spoiler-free. If you'd like to read the full reviews, a link is provided so that you may travel to the land of Goodreads where you'll find what you're looking for. If you do go to my goodreads, shoot me a message and say my blog post sent …

Glow in the Dark Art

Today, I am an artist.
I have this glow in the dark fabric paint that I bought at Jo-Anns the other day because I needed it for a birthday present I was making my cousin. The gift turned out beautifully, and I realized I needed more glow in the dark pieces in my home.

We bought these little paintings (there are two, I'm only showing one because I don't love the other as much as I should) at Goodwill in 2012, according to the tag. I'm hoping green tags were half off though.

Why do I have such a strong dislike for these paintings? I don't know. But here comes the happy part of my story, I found a way to make me love them more. FLUORESCENCE.

That's right, I changed them completely. Well actually I didn't, the paint isn't visible in the light. But I think I like them more now that I know they they do something cool.
You want to see what it looks like when it's glowing? Of course I took a long exposure photo for you.

Isn't that so much better?
A glowing …